Bengals 4-round mock draft: Offensive line focal point early on

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29. player. 403. . Offensive Tackle. Chippewas . Bernhard Raimann

Round 1: Pick 29 – Bernhard Raimann, OT (Central Michigan)

Bernhard Raimann is someone who has skyrocketed up the draft boards in recent weeks. While he’s probably someone the team could land in the second round of the draft, the Bengals aren’t going to pass up on offensive linemen, especially in the first round.

Raimann has an interesting story, as he was born in Austria and originally played tight end for the Chippewas. In 2020, he made the transition to left tackle and started six games there that season.

Pro Football Focus had this to say about Raimann, who they have ranked as their 29th best prospect:

"Two years ago, Raimann was playing tight end. Now he’s got a legitimate shot to end up in the first round. He’s earned a 94.3 overall grade this season, with only 10 pressures allowed."

Raimann played left tackle at Central Michigan and that’s maybe the only position that could be argued shouldn’t be changed this offseason. Jonah Williams has played pretty well this season but if the team decides no one’s job is safe, Raimann is someone who could come in and battle the vet for the starting job.

I’m not a huge fan of drafting guys with the intent to make them transition to a different position but Raimann is too tempting of a talent to pass on with the No. 29 pick.